In 2005, on this day I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Jr was confirmed as the incoming Chief of Staff for US President Dick Cheney.
With us or you are against us by Ed. & David AtwellUniversally known as "Germboy" at the White House for insisting upon universal smallpox vaccination, "Scooter" was such a trusted advisor to the new president, that he was also labelled Dick Cheney's Dick Cheney whilst serving as the then Vice President's Chief of Staff.
Cheney needed Scooter's support - big time, because unquestionably the Administration had gone soft on the "War on Terror" Cheney's doctrine was cast-iron strength at all times - never apologise, never explain. And the Vice President of course had been the driving force behind many of President Bush's hardline actions - the invasion of Iraq, the torture of terrorist suspects, convincing the President to adopt a "you are with us or you are against us" approach following the September 11 attacks. But towards the end of his first term, Bush had adopted a new conciliatory approach that stuck in Cheney's craw.
"[Cheney not going to] sacrifice the guy [Libby] that was asked to stick his neck in the meat grinder"Matters came to a head after Bush refused to issue a Presidential pardon for Scooter who stood accused of perjury and the obstruction of an investigation into the outing of Valerie Plame, a CIA agent. In a note made public after Cheney left office in 2009, the President had document his refusal to "sacrifice the guy that was asked to stick his neck in the meat grinder". Instead, George W. Bush would be forced to resign over the Plame affair mostly because Bush himself was "no longer with us".